Matt Fenton: ”were there always these vistas of rotting nineteenth-century houses, there sides shored up with balks of timber, there windows patched with cardboard and there roofs with corrugated iron, there crazy garden walls sagging in all directions?”
the tone is the quote really makes you feel like you can see what is being brought into detail.
Isaiah: From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
I chose these quotes because I thought they show the tone of the book with it being grey and under restrictions. I thought it showed the tone of the book because it showed how power was influenced throughout the reading. I also chose the quotes because it gave a feel of sort of dim and not happy. Everyone in the book seemed tense which I think is in the tone of the book.
Kris: "Outside, even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold. Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no color in anything except the posters that where plastered everywhere"
Bradley: "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment"
Explanation: You can be watched and heard by the television which can not be turned off. sense of Being watched
You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.
This is saying that everything was public and the only way you could hide from this was to stay in the darkness and stay hidden from the instrument
"On each landing, opposite the lift, shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes followed you when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it.
I think this quote proves it's a Totalitarianism government because the government wants you to remember that they are always watching you.
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen, Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him."
"Outside, even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold. Down the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shinning and the sky a harsh blue there seemed to be no color in anything except the posters that were plastered everywhere."
I think this quote proves that the government has turned all of this city into people that don't enjoy anything, because with the nice weather he explains all they focus on is the pictures plastered everywhere.
"By sitting in the alcove, and keeping well back, winston was able to remain outside the range of the tele screen, so far as sight went. He could be heard , of course, but so long as he stayed in his present position he could not be seen."
A man so afraid of the people that run the society, he won't even sit in front of his own tv. This shows the people are constantly being watched so they are scared to do anything and they have to hide in their private life.
Winston Smith Final
was able to remain outside the range of the telescreen, so far as sight went. He could
be heard, of course, but so long as he stayed in his present position he could not be
Although this quote does not describe any physical aspects of him it does show
something else. What it means is that he doesn't like what is going on in his life with the
screens in his house because he is hiding from the camera so they can not see
everything he was doing.
He took pride in his work and found great pleasure in doing it. "Winston ﬁtted a nib into
the penholder and sucked it to get the grease off. The pen was an archaic instrument,
seldom used even for signatures, and he had procured one, furtively and with some
difﬁculty, simply because of a feeling that the beautiful creamy paper deserved to be
written on with a real nib instead of being scratched with an ink-pencil." He thought that
the nice book deserved to be wrote on by an old, nice pen. And just any other pencil.
Nothing remained if his childhood except a series of bright lit tableaux
This give us a insight on his past he has no memory of it that is why he start to wright a
diary to remember. This act alone is against the law. That also show that he does not
really care about the law.
He was also confused about the world around him and why it was like how it was. "He
sat back. A sense of complete helplessness had descended upon him. To begin with, he
did not know with any certainty that this was 1984. It must be round about that date,
since he was fairly sure that his age was thirty-nine, and he believed that he had been
born in 1944 or 1945; but it was never possible nowadays to pin down any date within a
year or two." "For whom, it suddenly occurred to him to wonder, was he writing this
diary? For the future, for the unborn." He is going on in life not knowing what or why he
is doing what he's doing.